Mother describes pain of search for missing Ben Clarkson

The mother of Ben Clarkson spoke of her grief for the first time on the day an urgent summit was called over the dangers of rivers in York, partly prompted by Ben's disappearance and the death of Megan Roberts, 19, whose body was found in the Ouse.

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Emergency summit to discuss dangers of rivers in York

An emergency summit has been called to discuss how to make rivers in York city centre safer for young people, including those who have been drinking.

It will take place on Tuesday, 25th March, and involve representatives from the council, both universities, police and voluntary groups.

"The desperately sad events of recent weeks have again highlighted the need to do everything possible to keep people safe.

"A great deal of excellent work is ongoing, from the City Council to voluntary groups, but there are always opportunities to achieve more by working together.

"Alcohol has tended to be a common theme in contributing to risk and this will no doubt be part of our discussions. Not only that, but we need to reassure residents, students and visitors that York - including its fantastic rivers - are as safe as can be."

– Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

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